balkline

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noun balk·line \ˈbȯ-ˌklīn\

Definition of balkline

  1. 1 :  a line across a billiard table near one end behind which the cue balls are placed in making opening shots

  2. 2a :  one of four lines parallel to the cushions of a billiard table dividing it into nine compartmentsb :  a billiards game that sets restrictions in scoring caroms according to these lines

1839

First Known Use of balkline

1839

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